Faculty/Staff Achievements

Dr. Jess Morrissette, associate professor of political science and director of the international affairs program, has had an article published in PS: Politics & Political Science, and John Van Kirk, professor of English, has published his first novel.

Morrissette’s article is titled “Marxferatu: The Vampire Metaphor as a Tool for Teaching Marx’s Critique of Capitalism.”  PS: Politics & Political Science is the journal of record for the discipline of political science reporting on research, teaching, and professional development.

A release from the journal summed up the article: “What do vampires and capitalists have in common? According to Karl Marx, more than you might think. While the young women and men who step onto college campuses today may not have spent considerable time pondering the inherent contradictions of capitalism or the implications of class struggle, they are remarkably well-versed in vampire lore.  This article demonstrates how professors can draw on their students’ extensive knowledge of fictional vampires to introduce key concepts in Marxist thought.  The result is an approach to teaching Marx’s critique of capitalism that is both relevant and readily comprehensible to today’s undergraduate audiences.”

The official link for the article is http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1049096513000607


Empire Books in Pullman Square will be hosting a book launch party for Van Kirk’s novel, Song for Chance, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. Publisher’s Weekly called the novel a “passionate elegiac tale,” and Library Journal praised it as “highly authentic.” Van Kirk’s short stories and essays have earned him such prizes as the O. Henry Award and the Iowa Review Fiction Prize.  A winner of the Pickens-Queen Teaching Award and the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award at Marshall, Van Kirk has taught writing and literature in MU’s English department for 20 years.  “Song for Chance,” published in August by Red Hen Press, is his first novel.